by Al Cimaglia
June 8, 2020
Woodbine Mohawk has 10-race card on tap for this evening. The popular 0.20 Pick 5 starts in Race 1 and will be my focus. The sequence has a $75,000 guaranteed pool with a 15% takeout.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
1-Mack (6-1)-Left in its qualifier on a "good" track and stayed inside in a quick 153.3 mile with a 26.3 last panel. This colt can get a similar trip here. If Filion protects his position and starts aggressively Mack could surprise at a price.
4-Indictable Hanover (2-1)-Coleman trainee won its qualifier and rolled away in a 56.2 back half. Should be ready for a big debut and will likely be bet hard.
6-Better Take It (5-1)-Betters Delight colt had multiple issues in his freshman campaign, so there are reasons to hesitate. But it's better to respect chances here as qualifier was really solid. Posted a 54.2 back half and a 26.3 last 1/4.
1-Sky Spirit (6-1)-Has had issues and is a breaking risk. But qualifier was good and now tries hopples for only the 2nd time. Seemed to like the bigger oval, can hang around if minds manners and should offer a fair price.
3-Heat Wave Hanover (3-1)-Has only hit the board once in seven starts. But now comes off a nice qualifier and finds a more comfortable spot. Best to respect, should like the company.
10-Windsong Patriot (3-1)-Has been off since last June and drops into a softer spot. The 2nd tier is a challenge but could follow #1 and get a decent seat. Might get sucked around if minds manners and roll by near the wire.
4-Smart Hill (6-1)-Four-year-old has earned over $215K at Wbsb and has the speed to go with this bunch. MacDonell can make the most of a good post draw and surprise at a square price.
8-Pikachu Hanover (3-1)-The shutdown may have come at a good time for this McNair trainee as his form was slipping. Has the gate speed to get on the engine or could grind his way around. Looks like a big threat if dialed on high.
1-White Hair Rocks (3-1)-Has only 1 win in 14 starts at Mohawk but draws the rail and this is a soft spot. McNair could get on the engine and not look back.
3-PL Jackson (5/2)-Similar to #1, could leave and be tough to collar. Should also like the company but lost the winning punch last year and has only 1-win in the last 40 starts.
10-Black Smile (8-1)-Price shot has made a living at ScD and other smaller ovals. Makes 1st start for the Budd barn and Henry can work a trip from the 2nd tier. Shows 151.1 speed at ScD, could be dangerous if put in striking range.
3-Captivate Hanover (6-1)-Went the short way around to pick-up a win in 5/28 qualifier. Did go the 2nd half in 55.1 and faced tough foes last year.
7-Beaumond Hanover (5/2)-Makes season debut after winning 4 of 5 starts in 2019. Tuned-up with a .55 back half to win qualifier and program chalk looks set for a big try.
9-Ideal Perception (9/2)-East coast invader makes 2020 debut for the Coleman barn. McClure may blast out and get the top. American Ideal 3-year-old could be tough to collar if takes to the track.
Race 1) 1,4,6
Race 2) 1,3,10
Race 3) 4,8
Race 4) 1,3,10
Race 5) 3,7,9
Total Ticket Cost) $32.40 for $0.20
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